(October 25, 2016) – The phenomenal 13-year-old Bali-born jazz pianist Joey Alexander brings his trio to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, December 2, at 8pm. An extraordinary and uniquely gifted pianist from Bali, Joey Alexander marked his recording debut with the release of “My Favorite Things,” nominated as Best Instrumental Jazz Album for the 2016 Grammy Awards.
Joey Alexander taught himself to play piano by listening with his father to classic jazz albums. An amateur musician, Alexander’s father soon recognized his son’s gift for jazz, as his technique and ability to grasp complicated musical concepts was beyond someone of his years. Due to the lack of jazz education where he lived, Alexander began attending jam sessions with senior musicians.
From there, his musical intuition flourished, as did his love of playing jazz.
In recognition of his talent, UNESCO invited Alexander to play solo piano in honor of his jazz idol Herbie Hancock, who provides enthusiastic support to Alexander’s budding career. Through festival appearances and awards for his improvisational brilliance, the world has taken notice of this phenomenal and exciting pianist with the astonishing technique and soulful sound.
Joey has performed for Herbie Hancock, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. In 2014, Wynton Marsalis invited Alexander to play at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2014 gala, which made him an “overnight sensation”, according to the New York Times. Alexander won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Master-Jam Fest, and performed at the Montreal and Newport Jazz Festivals in 2015.
Alexander is the first Indonesian act to enter the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, where “My Favorite Things” debuted at number 174 on the week ending May 30, 2015, re-entered and peaked at number 59 in January 2016.
Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpassar in 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” and other jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear.
Despite no formal jazz education, Joey rose quickly in the Indonesian jazz scene and beyond. In 2013 he was featured at jazz festivals in both Jakarta and Copenhagen, and won the international improvisation contest in Odessa, Ukraine – besting over 200 adult contestants.
Joey brings a delicate, profound and soulful touch to his own interpretation of such classics as “My Favorite Things,” “Giant Steps” and “Over the Rainbow” and showcases his talents as an arranger, composer and bandleader. His “Giant Steps” earned a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.The Joey Alexander concert represents Club Helsinki Hudson’s commitment to programming jazz.
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